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The Southern Democrat, November 22, 1934

Work Started On Court House Work was started Monday on remodeling the Blount County Court House. The plans call for a basement under the entire building, a steam heating plant, fire proof vaults for all records, several new offices to be located in the basement, rest rooms for both ladies and men in the basement. The exterior of the building […]

Dog-gone amazing

Cay-cay, an American Water Spaniel, was one of 143 dogs that performed at a dog agility show hosted by the Greater Birmingham Agility Club at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center earlier this month. Dog owners from all over the Southeast traveled to the event.‘Agility is a companion event that takes a lot of teamwork,’ says Judy Johnston, president of the […]

It’s a family tradition

That’s Trace Armstrong putting the pedal to the metal in his racing go-cart and pulling off the win at the Manchester, Tenn., dirt track Nov. 7 in the purple plate (speed restricted)10- 12-year-old category. Don’t laugh. It’s bona fide racing. Without the restrictor plate to slow them down to the 30-35 mpg range, those machines will run 55- 60 mph. […]

Lowe evaluates possible benefits of downtown Wallace State building

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe sat with The Blount Countian to discuss aspects related to the possible construction of a downtown multi-use facility. The final question of that interview queried its benefit to the city. That discussion consumed such a large portion of the approximately hour-long interview that it appeared to merit a separate article. Lowe’s summarized points follow below. […]

Panther run ends in Randolph County

The Cleveland Panthers got down early, dug themselves out of a hole but then came up short with a 49-28 loss at Randolph County last Friday night. The loss ended the best season in Cleveland history. The Panthers were were ranked No. 2 in the final 2A poll of the year, went a perfect 10-0 in the regular season and […]

Goble continues to shine

HollyAnn Goble of Susan Moore placed fourth at the Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship with the Auburn University at Montgomery track team. Her time of 19:31 was the second fastest in school history, just .08 shy of her own school record. Goble holds the school’s record in the 4K, 5K, 6K, and 2-mile run. The top four […]


Church Briefs

MT. ZION MINISTRIES will have the first-ever Craft Festival on Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, children attend for free. Vendors will sell handmade and brand-name items and food will be available for purchase. Interested in being a vendor? Contact The church is located at 40999 Ala […]

Frances Marie Braden

FRANCES MARIE BRADEN, 61, Cullman, died Nov. 13, 2015, at the residence. Formerly of Oneonta, she was daughter of the late Warren Edwards and Minnie Endsley Hathcock. Surviving are daughter Melinda Jacques; sons Jessie Bradenburg, Randy Hathcock; seven grandchildren; brothers Roy Hathcock, Randall Hathcock. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Antioch Cemetery. Cullman Heritage […]

Emma Frances Chamblee

EMMA FRANCES CHAMBLEE, 95, Scottsdale, Ariz., died Nov. 8, 2015, at Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center, Scottsdale. Formerly of Oneonta, she retired from the Blount County Board of Registars and also retired from Lester Memorial United Methodist Church as a hostess. Predeceasing her were husband Raymond Fritz Chamblee Sr., parents Ben and Ida Batchelor Berry, brothers Felton “Bud” Berry […]

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